Mom Shows Off Her Incredible 126-Pound Weight Loss On Instagram

Aug 26, 2016 //

An obese widow who took selfies every day for 365 days to document her weight loss journey has shed an incredible 126 pounds.

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Justine McCabe, 31, has had a difficult few years. When her mother died in 2013 from chemotherapy complications, McCabe turned to food for comfort.

At the time, the 5’10 hairstylist weighed 285 pounds. Then, in February 2015, tragedy struck one more. Her husband of six months, John Paul, took his own life after a long struggle with depression.

“This just destroyed me,” said the hairstylist, who lives Burbank, California. “I didn’t know what I was going to do.”

After her husband’s death, her binge eating got worse. At her heaviest, she weighed 313 pounds.

“I would say I consumed anywhere between 5,000 to 10,000 calories on a daily basis,” McCabe tells Us Weekly. “I was completely broken and grieving. I had no desire to live life.”

This. #transformationtuesday ? It is by far my most favorite fat picture. Here is 300+ lbs in all its glory. Everytime I look at this picture from my wedding rehearsal, I can’t help but feel a wide range of emotions. First, I laugh. It is possibly the worst picture of me ever taken. Secondly, I feel sad. It’s difficult to think of that girl as me. It’s hard to succumb to the realization that at one of the “happiest” times in my life, I was completely and utterly miserable. Someone once asked me, what were the parallels between what I went through with my late husband…and my own transformation. I was quick to answer that I wanted to build myself up. I wanted to be unbreakable. I wanted my inner strength and outer strength to be in alignment. But, as I looked through these pictures yesterday, I realized that in the far corners of my hidden emotions…a huge part of my drive to transform myself, is because I want to put as much distance as I can from that girl on the left. She was depressed and she was extremely unhealthy. She thrived on excuses and lived for taking care of everyone else but herself. That girl….is no longer me. My transformation isn’t always about weight loss. My mindset keeps evolving. My personal growth is ever changing. I snapped my after pic at the gym this morning. I was feeling pretty fly. @jonnystraws told me that…if I walked outta the gym feeling good….then I wasn’t doing my job right. ? So with that in mind…I pushed harder and longer and now can barely move my arms/shoulders as I write this. Sure, the the #motiv8 muscle and strength combo gave me some serious power, but it was my mindset and all these thoughts that pushed me harder during my workout. ?????? Adding fuel to my fire! ??? We are truly capable of more than we know! ? #teamjonnystraws #IAMMOTIV8 #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #inspiration #fitspiration #girlswholift #fitspo #wlstories #fitfam #selflove #instafit #whstrong #trainandtransform #girlswithmuscle #neverfail #keepgoing #ichoosetolive #fitmom #igfitmoms

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It all changed one day when the size-24 mother of two took a photo of herself.

“I didn’t recognize myself in it,” she says. “I looked lost, broken and full of darkness. So every day from there on out, I took a selfie with the hope that I would start to see myself again and reclaim my light.”

She completely changed her lifestyle, swapping her old diet of pizza, ice cream and fries for egg whites, chicken and fish.

A little more than a year later, she’s lost 126 pounds, documenting her weight loss journey through daily selfies and posting them on Instagram.

“Taking pictures every day and comparing them to other ones I had taken gave me the desire to keep pushing forward and fight to become the person I knew I was deep down,” she says.

Now, McCabe calls the gym her “best form of therapy” and exercises six days a week, doing spinning, hiking and weight lifting.

“I have found my self love and confidence,” McCabe says. “I feel unstoppable.”

The person you see reflecting in the mirror…will provide you with the biggest challenges in life. The human spirit is powerful. Do the work. Suffer the setbacks, push past the pain and excuses. True motivation is not an outside source. It’s staring directly back at you. There is nothing you cannot be, do or have. Live with no regrets and don’t ever give up. This is what drives me. My motivation. ? #transformationtuesday #teamjonnystraws #neverfail #IAMMOTIV8 #motiv8performance #jonnystraws #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitspiration #girlswholift #fitspo #fitfam #selflove #motivation #confidence #weightloss #trainandtransform #girlswithmuscle #fitmom #fattofit #bodybuilding #beastmode #teamgetyokd #spartanrevolution #limitless #ichoosetolive #keepgoing #musclevizion #athlete

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According to US Weekly: 

Old Diet:

Breakfast 4 chorizo breakfast tacos

Snack 3 cookies, a handful of pretzels, candy

Lunch Double cheeseburger and french fries

Dinner 5 slices of pizza, breadsticks and chicken wings

Dessert Large bowl of ice cream and a bag of M&Ms

New Diet:

Meal 1 Egg whites and avocado

Meal 2 Chicken, broccoli and brown rice

Meal 3 Protein shake with berries

Meal 4 Fish and spinach